On final day, New Hampshire reverses FirstNet decision and opts in

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FirstNet aims to provide a nationwide broadband network for America's public safety community "with access to new technologies and increased capacity and reliability for their mobile communications and data needs".

After reviewing submissions, state officials settled on the FirstNet State Plans provided by AT&T.

The release mentioned "first responder subscribers", but did not specifically say how the network will be paid for.

Earlier this month, Sununu announced that the state would indeed opt-out of the network, and select an alternative network that would plug into the nationwide network powered by AT&T and FirstNet.

FirstNet CEO Mike Poth said New York's decision was "especially meaningful" considering the network's origins in the final recommendations of the 9/11 Commission.

According to analysts on Wall Street, AT&T can use FirstNet to widen its broadband coverage. The governor said other states had also expressed concerns about AT&T's plan, but time ran out for them to get comfortable with opting out.

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Sununu said opting out and going with Rivada would have given the state better coverage, more system control and an opportunity to share in revenue streams.

It wasn't until 2012 that Congress enacted the First Responder Network Authority (FirstNet), but the telecom giant was not awarded the contract until March of this year. While we were successful in working with FirstNet to remove the unreasonable fees and penalties, the decision deadline of December 28th approached too quickly for these other states to feel confident in an opt-out decision.

"As a result, it now appears likely that no other states will opt out", Sununu said. "Our goal has and will always be to bring each state and territory the best and most sustainable network - a solution designed for public safety, by public safety, delivered by a proven partner".

FirstNet is meant to provide a broadband system for first responders that can be used across state lines in the event of a major emergency.

John Stevens, the state's interoperability coordinator and FirstNet state single point of contact said he was "disappointed" that the hurdles to an opt-out was too high, but was "proud" of the efforts of the state through the process.

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